Rebecca L. Davis

Rebecca L. Davis

A historian of twentieth-century American culture, Rebecca L. Davis is an associate professor of history at the University of Delaware with a joint appointment in the women and gender studies department. She is the author of More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss (2010), a history of marriage counseling, social science, religion, and American culture in the twentieth century. She is currently writing a book about changing view of the self in the twentieth century and editing a collection of essays on the history of heterosexuality in North America. A former postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, she was a visiting fellow there during the 2016–2017 academic year.

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  • I'm Free to Be Who I Want: How Americans Found Their Truth in an Age of Phonies *
  • Marriage, Sex, and American History *
  • Brainwashing the King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam *
  • Faith, Sex, Congress, and Celebrity: How Clare Boothe Luce Shaped American Culture *
  • These Are a Swinging Bunch of People: How Sammy Davis Jr. Became Jewish

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.